Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning isn’t just for closets and cabinets. Our bodies also need a regular cleanse. Spring is the perfect time for cleansing. As nature comes out of hibernation, so do our bodies. Energetically, they start to prepare for the more active phase of summer.

We have 5-6 natural routes of elimination of toxins from our bodies.

  1. Liver and gastrointestinal tract
  2. Kidneys
  3. Skin
  4. Lungs/breath
  5. Emotions
  6. Menstrual cycle

LIVER/GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT

One of the biggest ways for our bodies to eliminate toxins is through our bowel movements. It is important for us to have one to three bowel movements that are well formed every day. If we aren’t having a bowel movement every day then toxins from our stool recirculate in the body. Increasing the fiber in our diet is a great way to ensure that we have a bowel movement every day. We can do this by eating more vegetables and whole grains, and adding chia seeds and ground flax seeds to our diets.

KIDNEYS

Drinking enough water allows the kidneys to filter the blood. We should be drinking half our body weight in ounces of water every day to allow for this route of toxin elimination. Make sure that the water you are drinking is filtered and the filter is changed regularly. Avoid the use of plastic water bottles as these contribute to our body’s toxin burden of xenoestrogens (synthetic/ foreign estrogens). Glass and stainless steel are better options.

SKIN

Our skin is our largest organ of the body. Dry skin brushing before showers, sweating through exercise, hot baths and infrared saunas are all effective ways to use this organ of elimination. Also, it is important to consider what we put on our skin, as that gets directly absorbed into the blood stream. Check out the website skindeep.org for more information.

LUNGS/BREATH

It is important that we get fresh air every day. Spending some time outside in nature is important for our physical and mental health. When we put our attention on our breath, it retrains the body to breath more deeply. Breathing in deeply, results in a longer exhale. When we exhale, we let go, and this allows our body to release and eliminate toxins. Spending 10 minutes every day on a breath practice can go a long way in helping the body to detox.

EMOTIONS

Our emotions have an energetic quality, and as such should not be suppressed or stifled. Because we don’t always understand what is going on in the world around us especially if we have experienced trauma that we can’t make sense of, we learn to push down and hold onto emotions. When we don’t process and release our emotions in a healthy way, they cause stagnant energy in our bodies that don’t allow the release of toxins. Processing our emotions is a healthy way to release toxins from our bodies.

MENSTRUAL CYCLE

As women, they say we have an extra route of elimination of toxins and that having this extra way to eliminate toxins means that we live longer than men 😊 I’m not sure if this is true, but as women we are lucky enough to have an additional way of removing toxins from our bodies, through the flow of our menstrual cycle.

It isn’t just our closets that benefit from a spring cleaning. Spring is a perfect time to think about detoxing our bodies and our minds.

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The Amazing Benefits of Shilajit

The Amazing Benefits of Shilajit

by Dr. Fareen

Shilajit is a dark, sticky, mineral pitch found in the Himalayan Mountains. It is not directly harvested from a plant, but is created from the slow decomposition of plant material over many centuries deep in the rock of the Himalayan Mountains. As it develops, it becomes a sticky, mineral infused substance, that when stimulated by the intense heat of the summer, it eventually seeps out of the rock.

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How Do We Stimulate Vagal Tone?

How Do We Stimulate Vagal Tone?

by Dr. Fareen

The body has an innate and powerful ability to heal itself. For example, when we cut ourselves, as long as we support the cut with the right environment to heal, ie: we keep it clean and dry, the body will heal the cut itself. The same holds true for illness and disease. The body is self-regulating and is constantly striving for homeostasis or balance. When the body loses its ability to regulate itself back into balance, this is when disease or illness sets in. The only way to truly heal the body is to support its innate ability to heal itself and give it the environment it needs to return to a state of balance. 

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Heart Rate Variability

Heart Rate Variability

by Dr. Fareen

Heart Rate Variability is a biomarker that gives us some important information about our body’s physiology. It measures how much the interval length between heartbeats varies. 

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Autophagy. Our Body’s Natural Recycling Program

Autophagy. Our Body’s Natural Recycling Program

by Dr. Fareen

Our body has a beautiful and innate ability to heal and regenerate. As long as we give our body the right environment, it is self-maintaining. Autophagy is our body’s innate recycling program. It is the body’s ability to recycle cellular components that are damaged or malfunctioning. This in turn helps protect against cancer, dementia and other aging related degenerative processes. Over time our cells accumulate dead organelles, damaged proteins and oxidized particles that stagnate the body’s optimal functioning. This accelerates aging. Our bodies have developed this maintenance as a way to protect against the aging process.

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Mycorhizza, Microbiome, and You

Mycorhizza, Microbiome, and You

by Dr. Rob

This picture of fungus growing on a dead tree branch was taken in my compost pile. We are beginning to understand more profoundly the amazing role of fungal and mycorrhizal networks in the Earth’s ecosystem. Myco (fungus) and Rhiza (root) specifically refers to the symbiotic associations between a green plant and a fungus. For example a plant provides the mycorrhiza with sugar and carbohydrates while the mycorrhiza helps deliver mineral nutrients and water to the plants roots.

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Getting Back In Tune With Nature

Getting Back In Tune With Nature

by Dr. Fareen

Our bodies are intimately and naturally linked to the cycles of the sun and moon. Being synchronized with the natural cycles of light and dark is essential to good health. We have daily, monthly, and seasonal cycles that affect virtually all functions of our bodies down to the cellular level.

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Menopause

Menopause

by Dr. Fareen

MENOPAUSE…
WHAT IS YOUR BODY TRYING TO TELL YOU?

ARE YOU LISTENING?

By definition, women are said to be in menopause when they have gone one full year without a menstrual cycle. In women, the ovaries produce the majority of female hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, which control different processes in a woman’s body including her menses. To a lesser extent the adrenal glands will also make these hormones. As a woman approaches menopause, her ovaries make less and less of these hormones and she will rely on her adrenal glands to produce these hormones. This is why protecting and nourishing our adrenal glands before we move into the perimenopausal and menopausal phase of our lives is so important.

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Gentiana Lutea Root

Gentiana Lutea Root

by Dr. Fareen

Gentiana Lutea is a bitter herb that has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicines. The plant has beautiful yellow flowers but it is the root that is bitter in taste and has a priming action on the digestive tract. Gentian root is viewed as being cleansing in its role in clearing the liver and also clearing the mind to prepare the body to eat.

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Introduction to Paleo and Keto Diets

Introduction to Paleo and Keto Diets

by Dr. Rob

At this time, the concept of a Paleo or Keto diet is no longer foreign to most people. It wasn’t always that way, but with the spread of information in the 21st Century, and with so many people experiencing clear benefits, things are beginning to change. The most common reason for embarking on this type of diet is weight loss, but there can be many other reasons as well, including improving energy, enhancing mental sharpness and clarity, dealing with metabolic issues such as high triglycerides, insulin, and sugar, preventing Alzheimer’s Disease in high risk individuals, and a host of other rationales.

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